Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) prides itself on its treatment of clients and its employee-focused culture. Unsurprisingly, BCG stands as one of the world's top-ranked consulting practices and is home to over 4,300 consultants in more than 40 countries.
Highly regarded human strategy consultancy.
- Interesting cases and challenging work with client interaction from day one
- Plenty of opportunities for training and feedback
- Working with ‘intelligent, interesting people’
- You’ll be exposed to ‘a wide range of industries’
- Excellent reputation and career prospects
- Unpredictability of the hours
- You're required to travel to clients and stay in hotels a fair bit
- Lack of a work/life balance
- You have to find time to attend training and fit it around your workload
BCG London are seeking outstanding people to join us in 2014. Our selection process is rigorous; successful applicants will pass through a CV review, written tests and up to three rounds of interviews. We require an outstanding academic record (minimum AAB at A Level or equivalent and an actual or predicted First or 2:1 or equivalent), plus evidence of excellence in non-academic and extra-curricular acivities. Please address your covering letter to Jean-Paul Petranca.
Full-time Graduate Campaign: Our Full-time Graduate Campaign is currently closed. You will be able to apply online from 1st September to 3rd November 2013. We will welcome all candidates who are still on campus as well as recent graduates who have less than 2 years of continuous work experience. Successful candidates will be invited to interviews in November.
Summer Internship Campaign: We offer summer internships to penultimate year students. Eligibility for our summer internship programme is based on one of the following circumstances:
- To be in your penultimate year of a Bachelor/PhD
- To be in your penultimate year of a combined Bachelor and Masters degree
- To be in your first year of a two-year full-time Masters degree (with less than two years of full-time work experience post Bachelor degree)
Please note our 2013 campaign is now closed. Applications for our 2014 campaign will open on the 1st January 2014 and close on the 26th January 2014.
Contact Details: If you have any questions regarding the application process for BCG London, please contact our recruiting team.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is most notably known for two reasons: 1) its treatment of clients, and 2) its treatment of staff. A massive 90% of BCG’s customers are repeat customers, and the firm prides itself on its employee-focused culture.
BCG was founded in 1963 by former Bible salesman Bruce D. Henderson. After dropping out from Harvard Business School three months before graduation, Henderson went on to work for Westinghouse Corporation, becoming one of the youngest vice presidents in its history. After Westinghouse, he worked in management at Arthur D. Little – one of the earliest consulting firms. From here, Henderson was headhunted by a client, the Boston Safe deposit and Trust Company, to start an autonomous consulting division at the bank, which became known as the BCG. The firm eventually became independent in 1975 and has remained privately owned by its partners ever since.
While most consultancy firms focused on making easily quantified increases in their client’s bottom line or adjustments to their operations, Bruce Henderson had a more ‘teach a man to fish approach’. His plan was for his clients to understand macroeconomics and social change, so they could better position themselves within their markets.
BCG’s consultants operate in every industry, specialising in a variety of services and functions, including strategy and portfolio development, branding, finance, globalisation, IT, intellectual property and operations. Its clients include some of the world’s largest corporations, as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and government organisations.
The firm is headquartered, unsurprisingly, in Boston, and has more than 69 offices in 40 countries around the world. In fact, it was one of the first consultancies to establish an office in Japan in 1966, soon after opening outposts in London and Paris.
Current CEO Hans-Paul Burkner is only the fifth person to lead the firm. He issued a ‘people-team mandate’ a year after his inauguration, which instructed managers to launch a range of internal initiatives aimed at improving alumni relations, work/life balance, career development and women’s issues. In fact, the first female consultant, Sandy Moose, spent her 40-year career at BCG, and remains chair of BCG’s global Women’s Initiative.Read all 311 employee quotes
The majority of BCG’s consultants have an advanced degree from a leading business school, such as INSEAD, Rotterdam University, SDA-Boccini, LSE, ESSEC or Heidelberg. Recruits are primarily drafted between September and February, and are ordinarily plucked from applications made through the firm’s web forms. Experience abroad or foreign languages aren’t necessities, but they’d certainly help to set any hopeful applicant out from the crowd. But most importantly, ‘candidates need to be able to demonstrate that they have the breadth of skills… [required] for the job – a combination of analytical capabilities, structured thinking, creativity and drive.’
Three rounds of interviews stand between you and a position at the BCG. The first round consists of one or two interviews as well as a couple of tests; while the second comprises simply two interviews. Theses interviews will be held by managers, but make it through to the third round and you’ll face three interviews with partners. Regardless of the round, most interviews will be about ‘25% CV questions and 75% case studies’, according to one junior consultant.
The personal discussion is intended as a ‘get to know you’, so this stage will often revolve around a specific experience or time in your life. One junior consultant states, ‘I was asked to talk about what I was most passionate about on my CV, and each conversation flowed differently from then on.’ Interviewers will often apply the ‘elevator test’; basically, could they bear to be stuck in an elevator with you. Although a little harsh sounding, applying this concept helps the firm diminish the chances of hiring someone their employees or clients won’t like working with.
Case studies are always based on real client projects and in turn provide the main insight into whether a candidate can do the job or not; the BCG website offers examples of such case studies. However, interviewers aren't looking for industry knowledge; they simply want to make sure your reasoning is sound and logical.
No. of employees worldwide: 5,600
No. of employees in the UK: 278 consultants and total staff of 380
Approx. no. of applications per year: 10,000+
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Bright, energetic, enthusiastic all-rounders. Tips would be to practice as many interview 'cases' beforehand as possible - you can find these on the web - and if possible to demonstrate some interest in business via your extra-curricular activities.Helpful?
Company location is great, right in the centre of town. Office space is modern and nice, but nothing special. There is a nice lounge/library in the basement if you find the time to hang out in it. Dress code is business casual in the office and formal at the client. Formal is not as strict as other more conservative consulting companies - a tie/blazer for guy (in any colour/fabric) is fine and women can get away with anything that looks professional.Helpful?
As a new consultant, after a few weeks of training, (both on and off the job), I was given large responsibility over an individual workstream and interact with clients in the executive suite on an almost daily basis. Currently working on large organisational design/restructuring case. My typical day involves project management planning, database maintenance, as well as building strategic operating models with client executive and management teams. It is an extremely wide variety of work which often changes based on the day's priorities.Helpful?
There are weekly office-based trainings which you can sign up to. Also, there are off-site trainings several times in the year.Helpful?
20 Manchester Square
London W1U 3AP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7753 5353
Head Office: Boston
No. of offices worldwide: 69